Seeing it live and up front at the USA Pro Challenge…
Mike Tomlinson, of BikeSport, witnessed (and wrote about) these exciting Stage One results at the USA Pro Challenge.
Taylor Phinney made a diesel sprint up the right hand side from a few hundred yards out, piping Kielrijnen to win Stage One of the USA Pro Challenge.
A huge crowd in Steamboat Springs banged on the ad boards as the crowd favorite’s come from behind win. Brent Bookwalter, Phinney’s BMC teammate made it an all American podium taking third.
Phinney’s career was put in doubt fifteen months ago, when a terrible crash resulted in multiple leg fractures and major ligament damage. Taylor has fought through major adversity with the crash and earlier in his life his father, Davis Phinney, a Tour de France stage winning cyclist contracting Parkinson’s. The crowd made it known that they were celebrating Taylor’s comeback and the thrilling show at the finish.
Stage one was a 96 mile two-lap circuit race, with a KOM climb up Rabbit Ears Pass the second lap. Taylor Phinney said that BMC had attempted to get other teams to help them drive the pace with no success. At the beginning of the KOM section Phinney said pride took over and Rohan Dennis of BMC led the team in driving the pace the remaining 50K splitting the peloton.
BMC was able to maintain control into the finish and please the fans two crowd favorites on the podium.
Mike’s got other adventures from his trip to the US Pro Challenge in Colorado, that we hope he will share with all of us. (So, stay tuned; check back soon and make sure you are on the email list!)